On Thursday, the NHL announced that it had reached an exciting new partnership with HBO to film a reality show centered around two of the games great young teams before this year's edition of the Winter Classic.
"The fact that HBO Sports is going to use its Emmy-winning 24/7 to chronicle a month in the regular season of the NHL leading up to the Winter Classic in Pittsburgh between the Capitals and Penguins to us is an absolutely fantastic opportunities to bring hockey fans and, in fact, all sports fans an opportunity to see our players and see our game in ways that they've never been able to do it before and in ways that perhaps no fans of any sport have ever been able to do it before," said commissioner Gary Bettman on a conference call Thursday.
The 24/7 show chronicles the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals during the regular season, something that has never been done before. They plan to begin filming in mid-November, with the first episode scheduled for broadcast on Dec. 15.
This intimate content, according to HBO president Ross Greenburg, is central to the idea behind the 24/7 franchise.
"[HBO will] bring you into the team meeting rooms, into the locker rooms, the planes on chartered flights, at home, everywhere these players, coaches, assistant coaches go during this four-week stretch," said Greenburg. "That is at the heart what this 24/7 series is all about, to bring you, the viewer, access you've never been given before so you understand what it takes to be a professional athlete and compete at this high level."
With this exciting announcement in mind, let's look for 10 things we can be excited about while watching these episodes.